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From the archives: San Francisco Forty Niner assistant running backs coach Jason Tarver watches the game against the Atlanta Falcons with quarterback Ken Dorsey Sunday September 12, 2004 at 3-Com Park in San Francisco Calif..(Contra Costa Times/Bob Larson)

Stanford co-defensive coordinator and Foothill High product Jason Tarver is under consideration to be the defensive coordinator of the Raiders, a person familiar with his candidacy confirmed Saturday.

Tarver, 37, worked one year as the co-defensive coordinator under David Shaw after working for the 49ers from 2001 through 2010 as an offensive assistant, a running backs coach and an inside linebackers coach.

First reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Tarver's presence in coach Dennis Allen's search for someone to take over his defense does not present the roadblocks inherent in the process when attempting to seek out candidates from NFL teams.

It's been slow going for Allen so far.

One of the candidates the Raiders reportedly interviewed, Greg Manusky, became defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts.

Among those whom the Raiders reportedly sought permission to interview and were denied include Denver linebackers coach Richard Smith and New Orleans defensive assistant Bill Johnson.

The Raiders have been linked with Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. and 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell, but it is not known if either man interviewed or was given permission to interview by his employer.

Tarver left the 49ers and went to Stanford after Jim Harbaugh left for San Francisco and took defensive coordinator Vic Fangio with him. Shaw then hired Tarver to be co-coordinator along with Derek Mason, with Mason the game-day play-caller.


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After graduating from Foothill, Tarver went to college at Santa Clara but played at West Valley College in 1994 and 1995 when Santa Clara dropped football. He eventually graduated from Santa Clara.

The son of a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Tarver is the owner of a master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from UCLA and received the departmental prize for distinguished teaching in 1998 and 2000.